Endoscopy

Endoscopy is part of our fully integrated diagnostic service.

Our vets have additional experience, expertise and training in endoscopy and we have an advanced spectrum of endoscopic equipment providing the highest level of care for your pet. Endoscopy is often a part of an investigation alongside other tests. Animals have an endoscopic procedure under a carefully monitored general anaesthetic. Anaesthesia eliminates any stress and discomfort to the patient and also enables us to get good samples and reach a swift and accurate diagnosis. We have several different kinds of endoscopes that we use to find out what is wrong with our patients. We use a flexible endoscope to look inside the lungs, stomach, colon and upper parts of the small intestine. We use a smaller flexible endoscope to see the airway and into the lungs of pets as small as cats.

Sometimes if we see something abnormal, we can remove it, or take a sample. We can use special tools through the endoscope to remove tiny foreign bodies such as grass seeds. We also have a rigid endoscope that has several different applications but is most commonly used to examine and investigate problems in the nasal cavity, such as nosebleeds and swellings. Samples can usually be examined in-house under a microscope by our vets; biopsies are typically sent to an external laboratory for a specialist veterinary pathologist’s opinion.

Please feel free to talk to one of our vets if you have any questions about our endoscopy service.